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A Heart In Winter / Un Coeur En Hiver (Bilingual)

Daniel Auteuil , Emmanuelle Béart , Claude Sautet    Unrated   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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Daniel Auteuil (Manon of the Spring) plays Stephane, the curiously diffident coowner of an exclusive violin brokerage and repair shop. A brilliant technician, Stephane can make any instrument live up to its promise, yet he is emotionally remote himself, disconnected from passionate experience. His partner, Maxime (André Dussollier), lacks Stephane's gifts but is rich in personality and desire. When Maxime's new lover, a violinist named Camille (Emmanuelle Béart), is drawn to Stephane's still waters, the latter is briefly moved, thus destroying the fragile, symbiotic relationship between all three individuals. Veteran French filmmaker Claude Sautet (of the Oscar-winning César et Rosalie) has made a powerful film here expressed in the smallest of gestures, just as one might tune the strings of a violin ever-so-slightly to achieve perfection. Sautet indeed employs such a sonorous motif in this story, in which violins always seem to be playing and suggesting that the principal characters look at life as they do music: something to be tinkered with and manipulated for effect. --Tom Keogh

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1.0 out of 5 stars Mauvaise information March 21 2014
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Je pensais que c'était un C/D, mais c'était un VHS. Comme je n'ai pas d'appareil pour faire jouer cette affaire, je ne verrai
jamais ce film....Cette information aurait dû être écrite sur la publicité de vente....Je me suis fait voler.....Bien vôtre !
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Frozen Heart in a World of Violins Dec 1 2002
By Scott68
Format:VHS Tape
This is a wonderful French movie with subtitles, easily one of the best movies I have ever seen, I enjoyed it immensely, so much that I had to buy it to watch again and again.
The movie is about two men who own a violin shop and they both fall in love with a beautiful soloist who becomes their client, her violin is a wonderful sounding Vulliame with an incredible tone. There are wonderful performances of Ravel's trio and sonatas throughout the movie.
The movie makes a profound statement about violin making, musical interpretation, the awkwardness and inconvenience of true love, jealousy, death, inner feelings that are rarely spoken, how friendship can change over a woman, and how a man's heart has become frozen from a life of romantic solitude.
What I found most interesting about the plot is that we do not know if Camille and Stephen will eventually become lovers, he say he will attend her next recital in Paris and she drives away with Maxim looking at him with adoring eyes. Paris is like New York, you have to be big to play there so apparently by this time Camille has become popular. One thing we do know is that Stephen does have a life and says he is not worthless because of his abilities as a violin luthier. In the end, Stephan is left with his violins: woman or no woman we never know if he will be forever trapped in his frozen world...
Fans of "The Red Violin" will love this movie but I would recommend this to anyone who loves romance and violin performance, essential viewing and not to be missed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great film, fuzzy tape. Aug. 21 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
A word of caution. While I agree with all the positive comments about this film, I am surprised that little (no?) mention was made about the quality of the recording. The movie lasts about 1 hour 45", which leaves the tape recording engineers with perhaps two options: use the SP mode (which would require flipping the tape halfway through), or record it in extended play (EP), since the old LP mode seems to have vanished. They chose the second option, so that a film lasting about 105" was crammed on to a tape of a half of one side. Guess what? Fuzzy picture, even by VHS standards. Personally, I would advise waiting for the DVD. Or maybe the engineers will issue a cleaner version. Anyhow, you've been warned. . . Still, a wonderful flick!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The instruments of Ravel's trio Feb. 3 2004
Format:VHS Tape
The three personalities in this wonderful movie are the three instruments in Ravel's trio: Stephane (cello) and Maxim (piano). They fight with each other for the right to play with Camille, the violin.
One of the best memorable scenes is when Camille is recording Ravel's trio and Stephane is listening. At that moment, he begins to claim for himself the right to be close to beauty, a feeling he has rejected for many years under the shadow of Maxim.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle psychological study Sept. 26 2002
By Praveen
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of those movies which linger on in your mind for a long time, like a beautiful and sad musical note. It's refreshing to find that once in a while these kinds of movies do get made.
The story draws us very subtly and gradually in the life of Stephan and his psychological makeup. While many of us may not identify with the choices he makes, yet people like him do exist, with an inability to get out of their heads, inability to be open and vulnerable, to form meaningful relationships. He is not a complete loner, though probably his idealized self-image is that of a lone-wolf.. (one of my favorite dialogue from the movie is when stephan tells camille - 'I would like to be a loner, but i enjoy company of men and women...'), he is attracted to her but ultimately is unable to make the final leap. Though during this whole process he is somewhat 'dis-assembled' (i borrow this from another great psychological study-the english patient... the book) and does see his shortcomings...
i could go on and on.. there are so many images that linger in mind... camille going to stephans lady-friend's bookstore to assess her.. both aware of who other is.. just exchanging glances... camille's breakdown in the restaurant... camille's initial-attraction to stephan, the exchanged glances, her (very subtle) nervousness in his presence.... and the beautiful music...
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5.0 out of 5 stars french movie fans must see it. June 1 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is typical but beautifully depicted French movie. The story is basically about triangular love affair, which French movies are likely to choose as the theme. The friendship between two men, Stephan and Maxim, begin to be shaken after Maxim introduced Camille, a beautiful violinist, to Stephan.
Muse like looking Emmanuelle Beart is right cast for the part of Camille. She did great job. You will be impressed on her violine scene.
Also, Ravel's works are used as the sound track. It greatly contributes to make this movie beautiful. In addition, French way of expression gave us unique impression which hollywood movies do not have.
If you are French movie fan, you will like it. It never betray your expectation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Man's Frigid Heart Dec 2 2001
By M
Format:VHS Tape
As the title says, the heart of the main character, Stephan, who was acted superbly by Daniel Auteil, is as cold as winter. He can not love and commit himself to anyone. Stephan can repair violins to the perfection for concert violinists and he loves music. But, he confesses that he was not good enough to be a violinist. But the real reason that he could not be a violinist is his apparent lack of passion in his heart. He is reserved, recitent and aloof. His cold heart causes breakdowns of friendshop and relationships around him. The scene which was artfully shot through the glass window, lonely Stephan, perfectly gloomed and proper sitting all alone in the cafe, stays in my mind. Excellent story that explores the seemingly perfect man's totally imperfect heart. I saw this film in the International Film Class in college and I was so impressed with it. My only complain is the poor quality of VHS tape version. Very dissapointing. What is wrong with it?
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